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Wood machining may be declassified as apprentice numbers are too low

Wood machining is at serious risk of being declassified as a trade due a declining number of apprentices over the past decade, according to the managing director of Accurate Australia and New Zealand Craig Honeyman. Source: Timberbiz Mr Honeyman is working to gather data from stakehol
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Northern Territory will house Australia’s 11th Regional Forestry Hub

The Australian Government is helping to drive research and attract forestry investment to the Northern Territory through the establishment of a regional forestry hub. Source: Timberbiz Minister for Agriculture and Northern Australia David Littleproud says the Territory’s forestry indu
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Labor’s ‘draconian’ forest bill delayed – vote adjourned

Timber workers, businesses the unions and communities have been urged to make their voice heard, after State Parliament yesterday delayed a vote on radical reforms to Victoria’s forests legislation. Source: Timberbiz The Forests Legislation (Compliance and Enforcement) Bill 2019 was s
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Opinion: Professors Tolhurst and Vanclay – Poor science is used to stop native forest harvesting

Some ecologists and conservationists, opposed to timber harvesting, are trying to use bushfire disasters as a lever to stop native forest harvesting, but their case is based on opinion, beliefs and selective science. A 2016 study of over 1 million hectares burnt by wildfire in the 200
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Blindsided by Victorian Bill that would result in huge fines for contractors

A Bill which opponents claim would result in Victorian native forest logging contractors facing huge fines for failing to comply with a Code of Practice for Timber Harvesting that is still under review has been passed in the Upper House and sent to the committee stage. The Victorian t
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A win for Eden timber hub after legal challenge

Work on a $14.5m timber hub at the Eden chipmill will go ahead after the DA was resubmitted to council. It follows a legal challenge by South East Forest Rescue that successfully found the DA had not been lawfully determined. Source: Eden Magnet As a result, full council had to recons
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Rising lumber prices brings US and Canada trade dispute to a head

Between April 2020 and June 2021, the cost of lumber in the US increased a breathtaking 288%. The surge in lumber prices brought a long simmering trade dispute between the US and Canada to the forefront. Source: Timberbiz For years, the US imposed a levy on Canadian lumber because of
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Germany’s tallest wooden building takes root

Germany’s tallest wooden skyscraper broke ground in Hamburg. The building is called ‘Roots’ and the impressive wooden structure stands at 65 metres with 19 floors. Sources: The Mayor EU, Timberbiz The Mayor of Hamburg, Peter Tschentscher, attended the ceremony in Hafen City and symbol
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World sawnwood analysis

IndexBox has published a report: ‘World – Sawnwood – Market Analysis, Forecast, Size, Trends and Insights’. This is a summary of the report’s key findings. Source: IndexBox, Global Trade American lumber prices have decreased threefold, closing in on pre-COVID levels, which should driv
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